Enterprise software vendors Plumtree Software, Documentum, BEA Systems Inc., and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the industry's first open-source site for organizations to share portlets developed according to the new JCP JSR 168 and WSRP OASIS standards. The site is hosted by SourceForge, an independent organization that hosts a variety of Java technology and Linux open-source initiatives. Plumtree, Documentum, BEA and Sun will provide an initial library of standards-based portlets, and will provide ongoing feedback, suggestions and best practices for successful JSR 168 and WSRP portlet development. The site is open to all organizations, including customers and partners of competing portal software providers such as IBM, Vignette and SAP. Both the JCP and OASIS, the standard bodies that developed JSR 168 and WSRP respectively, today expressed support for the open-source site, known as the Portlet Open-Source Trading site, or POST. The site will help companies learn from their industry peers and share best practices for developing standards-based portlets. "Gartner has long envisioned the portal, plus its surrounding ecosystem, as an environment in which components for building applications can be created by different parties and, through standards, re-assembled into new user experiences," said Gartner Research Director, Ray Valdes. "The emergence of portlet standards combined with a means for sharing standards-based portlets will potentially provide great benefit to portal customers by increasing choice and reducing cost." Read.